Everything we ever need to know we learned in kindergarten. Sure it’s a popular adage but does that really ring true in adulthood? Turns out that a lot of those elementary lessons—think: the golden rule and the importance of nap time—are still pretty on point for how we should be acting as grownups. Read on for why you should find the nearest five-year old the next time you need some life-changing advice.
1. Clean up your own mess
Whether building blocks or dirty dishes, always cleaning up after yourself—and putting things back where you found them—will make your daily life less chaotic and housekeeping so much easier.
2. Sharing is caring
Just like we learned in the classroom, generosity—especially to those in times of need—is gift that keeps on giving.
3. Take naps
Naps are awesome (especially after storytime and milk). And if you’re an adult, a nice 20-30 minute siesta everyday is also really good for your health and productivity, too.
5. Treat others how you want to be treated
The golden rule reigns supreme for a reason. No matter how old you are, treating others with respect is key to cultivating successful relationships.
6. Wash your hands before eating
Seems simple enough but you’d be shocked at how easy it is to forget to wash your hands before chowing down on a big meal—or more importantly, how many germs you’re spreading as a result.
7. Look both ways before you cross the street
That means to the left and to the right; especially if you’re on your phone!
Whoever is talking has something to say. Whether it’s a friend, teacher, or parent, learn to open your ears when someone is speaking to you and truly tune into what they’re telling you.
9. Ask for help
Whether it’s directions or a job recommendation, it’s necessary to ask for help sometimes. The ability to put your pride aside and seek advice from colleagues and loved ones speaks volumes about your character (and your maturity).
10. Play fair
No one likes a cheater. That’s why when playing games in life (and love), it’s crucial to look out for your teammates and not play dirty. Following the rules might not be as much fun as breaking them, but taking the high road is always a safe bet.
11. Read out loud
12. Say you’re sorry when you’re wrong
Seems like a no-brainer, but it’s important to remember to apologize whenever you make a mistake. Whether to a partner, friend, or colleague, knowing when to check your ego and express remorse makes you a better person (and employee).
13. Use your imagination
Dream big. Coloring outside of the lines—i.e. thinking outside of the box—will take you much further in life than being just like everyone else.